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How To Spend and Where to Prioritize for Your Fall Home Renovation Project

Living space fall home renovationSchool is back in session, and now that the house is less crowded during the day, many homeowners are tackling the fall home renovation project that got put on the back-burner during the summer. But with so many options to choose from, deciding what renovation projects to prioritize can be difficult. Choosing the right areas to invest in is the best way to see ROI and prepare your home for resale if you plan to put it on the market anytime within the next year.

Here are a few home renovation projects that you should prioritize this fall to make the most of your biggest investment.

Your Roof

The fall is the perfect season to have your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced before the winter temperatures set in. A roof with leaks or damages can result in water damage and create insulation issues, which can be especially inconvenient during the winter months.

Your Deck or Porch

Decks and porches are only useful when they’re in good condition. Much like your roof, the ideal time to tend to your front porch or backyard deck is in the fall while the weather is still comparatively moderate.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy related home improvements not only allow you to conserve energy, they can drastically reduce your monthly utility bills as well. Relatively minor changes, like replacing your plumbing and lighting fixtures, HVAC unit, and water heater can help you save money throughout the winter as you begin turning on the heat more often.

Even better, energy efficient home renovations are qualified for federal tax credit advances. A few of these eligible upgrades are:

  • Non-solar and solar water heaters
  • Insulation
  • Energy-efficient HVAC units
  • Energy-efficient doors
  • Roofing materials

Your Front Door

One of the simplest an most effective exterior projects to improve your home’s resale value is giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. This will give your entire home a unique appeal, and the job can usually be complete in under an hour. Just be sure that you paint on a day when the temperatures are at least 50 degrees and aren’t going to be dropping below 40 during the night. This will ensure the paint doesn’t freeze before it is fully dried.

Replace Your Windows

Investing in new windows can help keep your home comfortably incubated during the coldest months of the year, especially if your current windows are damaged or poorly insulated.

Exterior projects are often on the last of the to-dos, but they are also what keep your interior safe and warm. Stay ahead of spring by tackling your fall home renovation before winter gives us its worst.

To begin, contact Design First Builders for your free, no-obligation quote.

Most Common Home Renovating Mistakes to Avoid

A recent home renovating projectIf homeowners are planning a home renovating project anytime in the near future, they should be aware of what to avoid to prevent big issues or unsatisfactory results. Some of these mistakes are not having a clear goal and plan in mind, underestimating the budget, and not doing enough research.

Not Having a Goal or Plan

This could be one of the biggest mistakes because it leaves room for so much to go wrong. Without a plan, homeowners might go over budget, forget about certain parts of the renovation, miscalculate the timeline, and incorrectly measure items.

Instead, homeowners should create a budget with wiggle room for unexpected costs and check to see the renovation doesn’t overlap with other important dates. Researching the materials and accurately measuring everything will save time and money in the long run.

Not Doing Enough Research

There are several factors to think about and research before starting a remodeling project. Homeowners should understand their house and work with it, not against it. They should find out the prices of the item they want to use and make sure it’ll work in the house. This, along with measuring the home, will prevent the need to buy different materials later on.

Homeowners should also seriously research contractors. Just because a contractor offers the best price doesn’t mean they have the experience to carry out the project. Look up contractors and make sure they’ve done good work in the past. Homeowners can also ask around for recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors.

Not Having a Budget in Place

If homeowners don’t have a budget or underestimate costs, they could be in for some future problems. Even when there’s a set budget, unexpected costs and delays can pop up. But by overestimating the budget, it allows homeowners to cover those expenses should they happen. If there is no budget, homeowners may spend too much money and either splurge on unnecessary items or skimp on items they do need.

If homeowners can avoid these three mistakes, renovating a home should be easier to navigate and the results will turn out well.

Looking to renovate your home?  Call 630-250-7777 or email us.

What to Consider When Deciding Whether to Renovate Your Home or Move

Is it time to renovate?For prospective homeowners, finding the perfect home is usually a long journey and finally moving in is a time of relief. After a few years, though, that home may not satisfy their needs or wants anymore for several reasons.

When this happens, it is time to choose between a renovate or moving. Before making a decision, homeowners should think about their budget, why they want to move or remodel, if they can stay within their budget, and if they can solve their current issues with moving or remodeling.

What Are the Current Issues?

One of the most common issues for homeowners is the need for more space. A growing family can start to feel cramped in a once-comfy home, or feel frustrated with outdated layouts and appliances. While the temptation can be there to move, selling a home can be a huge hassle, involving finding realtors, packing, fixing up and staging the house, and researching new homes and neighborhoods. Moving often has many hidden expenses, and can mean leaving behind neighbors, friends, or school districts.

Remodeling can often solve many of these issues with less hassle. Adding on a floor, extending a room, finishing a basement, or updating appliances can modernize and refresh a home, giving the homeowner more space and an updated look – all without the headaches of selling, buying, and moving.

 

Does the House Feel Like Home?

Some people can move whenever they feel like it because they’re not particularly attached to any specific location. However, sometimes a house starts feeling like a home and the residents become emotionally attached. Living in a peaceful neighborhood, making friends with neighbors and liking the surrounding area all strengthen this feeling. If the home feels comfortable, remodeling is a good choice to avoid moving.

What Is the Budget?

The budget can relate to renovations or moving. Homeowners need to be sure they can stay within budget when they remodel and that they will keep the home long-term so it’s worth renovating. On the other hand, it’s important to have a budget in place when moving. This is sometimes difficult because owners already spent a large amount of money on the current home, so they should plan accordingly.

Looking at all the options and weighing the advantages and disadvantages should help with figuring out what to do. Remodeling and moving are both big steps, so homeowners should carefully think about their decision before taking action.

If you are ready to renovate and flip a room (or two) in your home, call DesignFirst Builders today at 630-250-7777 or send them an email.

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